The mastermind behind “Hamilton” has set a date for his departure from the massive Broadway hit. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lin-Manuel Miranda will leave the production July 9 — news that is likely to intensify the already intense demand for tickets.
Miranda, 36, wrote the book, music and lyrics for the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, and plays the lead role of Alexander Hamilton. The show is currently nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards.
The report notes that the contracts of many of the cast members, including Miranda, are set to expire on July 9. Miranda has reportedly told confidants that he will leave the show at that time to work on other projects.
“Meanwhile, other key players’ futures with the show, which last week grossed a whopping $1.9 million, remain in flux, as they are seeking big pay raises (on top of a profit-sharing deal the original cast secured from producers in April) and are prepared to walk if they don’t get them, according to sources,” THR reports.